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Tojiro Shippu 5-Piece Master Set with Magnetic Stand

Tojiro Shippu 5-Piece Master Set with Magnetic Stand

FD-591, FD-592, FD-594, FD-598, FD-599, ND-2010
Regular price $825.00
Regular price $1,290.00 Sale price $825.00
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Shippu is Tojiro’s flagship line of traditional Japanese knives and features premium forged Damascus steel blades and fire-blackened chestnut wood handles, all handmade in Tsubame, Japan and imported exclusively by Seattle Cutlery. Slightly harder and lighter than the Tojiro Zen series, the razor-sharp blade is hafted to a handle of fire-blackened chestnut wood to create an elegantly simple, supremely functional knife.

Our five-piece master set includes the perfect tools for nearly any task and a complimentary magnetic bamboo knife stand our very own design, normally $39.90, as our gift to you. It stands freely on your counter and securely holds up to five knives with blades of up to 9.5". We offer it in two shades—pick your favorite!

Function

90 mm (3.5") Paring Knife

The paring knife is best suited for paring fruits and produce due to its short, agile blade. The knife’s narrow point also makes it useful for tasks such as deveining shrimp, coring fruits, and precisely removing spots. The Japanese paring knife is set apart from Western counterparts by the straight, angled blade, which allows the knife to be used on a cutting board while maintaining clearance between the handle and cutting surface.

130 mm (5.1") Petty Knife

The petty or utility knife is a small, multipurpose blade that offers the versatility of a chef’s knife in a smaller package. Developed in Japan in the late 19th century with influence from European patterns, the petty knife's gently curved blade is useful for paring fruits and vegetables, slicing meat, chopping small produce, carving, and other tasks.

165 mm (6.5") Nakiri

The nakiri bōchō (菜切り包丁), “knife for cutting greens,” is a traditional Japanese vegetable knife best used for up-and-down chopping. Unlike the santoku and gyuto (chef’s knife), which have narrow tips intended for cutting meat, the nakiri has a square tip and broad blade that maximize chopping power along the full length of the knife. The straighter edge ensures full contact with the cutting board, helping to cut through tough vegetable skins that a rounded edge can miss, while the rounded corner facilitates rock-chopping. Like other Japanese knives, the nakiri has a thinner blade and more acute edge than European knives, so it can effortlessly make straight cuts and doesn’t break stiff vegetable slices.

210 mm (8.3") Chef's Knife

Gyūtō (牛刀), meaning "beef knife," is the Japanese term for a French-pattern chef’s knife. Also known as the yo-boucho (洋包丁), “Western chef’s knife,” the gyuto was developed in Japan after the Meiji Restoration of 1868. This blade shape was originally designed to process large cuts of beef but is now the most popular general-purpose knife in the Western kitchen. In addition to slicing meat, the gyuto is also particularly suited for chopping produce near the heel and for making finer cuts with the narrow tip.

210 mm (8.3") Slicer

The sujihiki (筋引), literally “muscle puller,” or slicer, is a traditional Japanese knife specialized for slicing meat. Thanks to its thin, narrow blade, the sujihiki encounters little resistance when slicing through any cut of meat or boneless fish. Its length and sharpness carry it through even large pieces with a single draw cut—combined with the acute angle of the edge, finer than on most Western knives, this allows it to create flawless slices with minimal cellular damage on the cut surface.

Blade

Tojiro Shippu and Shippu Black blades are forged from 63-layer (all larger knives) or 37-layer (paring, peeling, and petty knives) Damascus steel, which is made by repeatedly folding and forge welding two stainless steels with different carbon contents. The resulting material bears the elegant, wavelike pattern produced by its many fine layers—a testament to its strength, flexibility, and durability. This Damascus envelops a core of harder VG-10 cobalt alloy steel, a high-carbon stainless steel developed in Japan. Hardened to HRC 62, it accommodates a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge.

Damascus steel was first developed in India over 2,000 years ago and quickly established a reputation not only for its beauty, but also as one of the greatest metallurgical innovations in history. Swords forged in Persia and sold in the Syrian city of Damascus inspired legends of their ability to slice through a gun barrel or part a hair falling across the blade. Although the ancient technique was lost to history around 1900, modern metallurgists have succeeded in reproducing the effect with state-of-the-art alloys to bring performance to the next level.

Handle

The handle is crafted from lightweight chestnut wood, which provides a secure grip without upsetting the knife’s balance. The wood is fire-blackened, enhancing its durability and water resistance, and secured with a ferrule (collar) of polypropylene resin. Its D-shaped shinogi profile maximizes comfort and ease of control.

Care & Maintenance

Wash your knife by hand with warm water, soap, and a soft sponge or dish towel. Avoid prolonged exposure to heat or moisture. Remember—there's no such thing as a dishwasher-safe knife!

To prevent edge chips, avoid impacts with hard surfaces. Don't chop bones, shells, or frozen food, and cut only on a wood or bamboo cutting board. Don't leave your knife where the edge might come in contact with something hard, such as in a sink or a drawer with other knives.

Store your knife so that the edge is protected from abrasion and impact. We recommend a magnetic stand, but you can also use a knife block with horizontal slots. If you must keep it in a drawer, use an edge protector. See our storage options here.

Sharpening

Sharpen on a whetstone at an angle of 15° per side and finish at a grit of at least 1000, but preferably 3000 or higher. Pull-through and electric sharpeners should be avoided for Japanese knives.

Alternatively, you can have your knives sharpened professionally. Seattle Cutlery offers a state-of-the-art, mail-in sharpening service for our own customers, but other services may be available to you locally.

Honing steels are not necessary to maintain Japanese knives. You can optionally touch up the edge with a high-grit sharpening stone or a ceramic sharpening rod.

Warranty

All Nakiyo, Tojiro, Sabatier, and SeaCut products sold by Seattle Cutlery are covered by our lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. If you follow our care and maintenance advice and your knife ever fails during honest use, we will gladly repair or replace it. Our warranty does not cover regular wear and tear or damage due to misuse, but we may still be able to help in some cases.

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Specifications

Length: Paring: 90 mm (3.5") blade, 200 mm (7.9") overall
Petty: 130 mm (5.1") blade, 225 mm (8.9") overall
Nakiri: 165 mm (6.5") blade, 305 mm (12.0") overall
Gyuto: 210 mm (8.3") blade, 350 mm (13.8") overall
Sujihiki: 210 mm (8.3") blade, 350 mm (13.8") overall

Weight: Paring: 35 g (1.2 oz)
Petty: 35 g (1.2 oz)
Nakiri: 140 g (4.9 oz)
Gyuto: 140 g (4.9 oz)
Sujihiki: 110 g (3.9 oz)

Blade: 63-layer (gyuto, nakiri, sujihiki) or 37-layer (petty, paring) Damascus with VG10 cobalt alloy core

Edge: Double bevel

Handle Material: Fire-blackened chestnut wood with polypropylene resin ferrule

Handle Shape: D-shaped (shinogi)